Friday, August 8, 2014

Sign a petition to get Medicare to cover CGMs

It's been a while since I was on a continuous glucose monitor -- I've done a couple of studies through my doctor's office where I had to wear them.  They were life-changing for a diabetic, to say the least.

So when I saw this petition the other day, asking for Medicare to cover continuous glucose monitors, I signed it immediately.  I fully believe that a CGM can make a huge difference in a diabetic's overall health by helping them to better control their blood sugar.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Which came first, the high blood sugar or feeling ill?

Over the weekend I felt very sick.  My blood sugar was suddenly, inexplicably very high -- over 600 -- Friday night, and was still higher than it should have been Saturday night.  I felt awful, and canceled my plans for Sunday morning, sleeping most of the day Sunday instead.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Miss Idaho has type 1 diabetes -- and isn't afraid to show off her insulin pump!

I was thrilled to see the NPR story on Thursday about Miss Idaho, who competed in the Miss Idaho pageant with her insulin pump visible to the world.

I've always taken my shots in plain sight of everyone, despite the responses of some people who seem to think I would be embarrassed to do so, or that it's something private.  I've never agreed with either attitude, so it's encouraging to me to see a beautiful young woman, a cultural icon like this, helping to change society's opinion about such things.  I hope a lot of girls, teens, and women with type 1 diabetes are encouraged to be less ashamed or embarrassed by their condition because of Sierra Sandison.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Big results from small changes

I've been amazed lately how small changes have produced big results in my control.

About six weeks ago, a major change in my personal life caused me to change my eating habits quite a bit.  I used to eat large dinners all the time, and I found that my blood sugars were often high in the evening and the following morning.  All of that is changing now, though.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Diabetes and transparency: Can kids handle seeing diabetics check their blood sugar and take shots?

As a nanny and a babysitter, I constantly deal with the issue of whether to let kids see me taking care of my diabetes: checking my blood sugar and taking injections.

I feel like this is a touchy issue for a lot of parents, but I could be wrong about that, as I have found some parents to be much more accepting of it than I had expected.  The family I nanny for part-time is totally okay with me checking my blood sugar and taking shots in front of the kids, and has been since the very beginning (I've been taking care of those kids for two and a half years now).

Monday, May 12, 2014

When doctors question cholesterol guidelines

Long-time readers of this blog know that I have some very definite opinions on how our medical industry treats cholesterol -- or rather, over-treats it.  I feel very strongly that statins are prescribed far too aggressively -- and, even scarier, doctors are getting more aggressive about it all the time.

It's bad enough that some doctors are even questioning the newest cholesterol treatment guidelines.  I didn't even realize that there were new guidelines, but apparently they are so aggressive that they would have half of all adults over 40 on statins.  The thought is preposterous and infuriating to me.  And of course, what do you want to bet the drug companies have some kind of influence in this matter?  It wouldn't make sense otherwise, especially since statins aren't really effective in lowering the risk of heart attack in people who don't have heart disease, regardless of cholesterol levels.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Young children and type 1 diabetes

When I was leaving the doctor's office today for my quarterly checkup, I saw a young boy in the hall, maybe four years old, with both of his parents trying to get him to let them check his blood sugar.  One of them had a wicked-looking lancet device in their hand, as long as a pencil, which probably wasn't helping the poor kid's anxiety any.  In any case, it made me think of what it must be like to deal with type 1 diabetes as a small child -- or as the small child's parents.

These parents were clearly having a hard time dealing with it -- or the kid was -- as I could hear him crying softly, "But it's gonna hurt, like last time!"  Poor kid.  I suspect he had just been diagnosed.